TODAY THE WORDS are LITTLE SHACK IN THE WOODS. Maybe it is the chill in the air; maybe it is my mind is wandering this morning; or maybe it is because I feel we have become so materialistic in the last few decades I felt like taking a trip to the woods to a little shack with a cozy fire and a meager wood table with benches on each side and a regular size bed with some down pillows and homemade quilts to snuggle under to stay warm. I am thankful for our warm, central heat and air conditioned home with a fireplace, fully equipped kitchen, large rooms with king size bed and 3 bathrooms to keep people from having to wait and a laundry room with washer/dryer and plenty of closets and blankets. I am not boasting; my husband and I are not wealthy; we are the middle class working family and we watch our budget as most of my friends and family. This sounds wonderful and it had to be tough for people who live in shacks or even homeless so please do not misunderstand my message. A lot of times in my messages I go back in time and remember the simpler life and even though we had struggles and problems; it seems with all of the niceties comes the complexities and we find ourselves struggling with more complex problems and occasionally we want to wander down the country road until our minds take us to a wonderfully simple wood shack or cabin; light a warm fire, grab a blanket and some warm beverage, and snuggle in front of the fire and block this complicated world out. I see so many people worrying about what they are going to buy for Christmas, how they are going to travel here and there, where are they going out to eat, what is the latest fashion or video game, checking out the latest, greatest smart phone with a perfectly functioning phone in their hands, and nothing seems to be acceptable for over a week. What is wrong with this materialistic, greed, desiring thinking? It seems as if people think this seems normal but it isn’t normal. If we become disgruntled with our lives; we can become disgruntled with our family life, our work, our church, our neighbors and sometimes even Our God. We start wondering why we don’t have the best partner or the best home or the best neighbors and even to the thought of wondering why God has not blessed us as well as our brother or sister, neighbor or friend. Take us back to the little shack and humble us is what we need to bring our thinking back to how we should think. If we are blessed, do we put money aside in case times get rough or do we spend and spend? Do we, when we are blessed, see others in need and share or do we turn our heads? Do we remember to be thankful for what we have and give praise for those gifts? Just a warm thought on this cold morning for all of us to take a journey to the little shack and enjoy the break; remember to be thankful for the good things in our lives and realize the source of those luxuries. Live life; love life; and live life to the fullest by giving thanks and be appreciative of all of life’s gifts.
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.
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